police congratulate Burnham's Pam Whitehead after MBE award
across the region have this week congratulated Pam Whitehead,
an Enquiry Office Advisor from Burnham-On-Sea Police Station,
who was awarded an MBE in this year's New Year's Honours list.
first reported here
that Pam had been awarded the Royal accolade after 38 years of
joined the police in 1974 in Bridgwater and worked as a typist
before moving on to Taunton to work in the Coroner's office and
finally returning to Burnham in 1981 as an Enquiry Officer/Admin
Officer/Detained Property Register clerk where she continues to
Superintendent Daimon Tilley, District Commander for Somerset
West, said this week: "I am extremely proud and pleased for
Pam that her efforts and dedication have been recognised in this
is an inspiration to others in her professional life and her work
in and for her local community."
is an excellent example of our officers and staff who work hard
to provide the highest possible quality of service to the public.
I extend her my congratulations."
Roger Tolley added: "I am delighted for Pam. This recognition
is certainly much deserved and justly awarded. She has served
the Constabulary loyally and efficiently for 38 years and her
dedication in providing the quality of service we strive for is
second to none."
is a shining example of a person who gives so much of herself
to her role. Her dedication to the community in Burnham, to ensuring
that everyone she meets is received in a professional and friendly
way and her general commitment is unmatched and I am extremely
pleased that has been recognised in such a way. She truly deserves
award of the MBE for service to the Constabulary is just recognition
of a devoted and truly inspirational person whom we are proud
to call a colleague and are lucky to have in our team. The morning
she was told she was being awarded the MBE she was in work as
usual, as if it was just another day, as modest and as understated
of her contribution as always."
said: "It was fantastic news. I was very excited but really
shocked by it. I just do my job and try to make sure that everyone
gets a good service. I am thrilled and pleased and have received
some wonderful good wishes from everyone but it will still take
some time for the news to sink in. I'm looking forward to continuing
at work for the next few years. I really enjoy helping everyone
I meet at the station."
award is being made for Pam's services to the Avon and Somerset
Constabulary, but her colleagues also feel that there are other
achievements and her general over-arching commitment to the community
that demonstrate why Pam is such a worthy recipient.
addition to her day job, where she often starts early and finishes
late, she has also made significant contributions to Royal British
Legion (RBL). In 1983 she joined the Women's Section of the RBL
beginning her commitment to voluntary work and fundraising, which
she continues to this day as the County Chairperson, devoting
over 16 hours per week to her duties.
1993 and 2002, she was the RBL Women's Section (RBLWS) National
Standard Bearer champion six times, a record in the 84 years of
its history then. In 2002 she became Deputy National Parade Marshall
and was the National RBLWS Standard Bearer at the laying in state
of HRH the Queen Mother. In 2005 she took over as National Marshall
with responsibility for the convening of all national events,
retiring from this position in 2007.
2006, Pam also represented the Constabulary's Support Staff at
a Buckingham Palace Garden Party in addition to being awarded
the RBLWS Gold Badge and being presented with a Civic Award as
"Person of the Year" for services to the local community
by Burnham Town Council in recognition of her selfless devotion
to her duties.
her association with the RBLWS she has raised many thousands of
pounds for the charity, including over £5,000 in 2008 as
part of a team completing a 100 mile sponsored walk from Weston-Super-Mare
to Bournemouth over four days. Pam has also abseiled down Avon
Gorge and cycled from Greenwich to Paris for the Poppy Appeal.
She has also been the local co-ordinator for the Poppy Appeal
within the Somerset West Policing District.
investiture will take place at Buckingham Palace within the next
six months, which Pam says she is very much looking forward to.